Stumped about what to buy your child's teacher this year for the holidays? Many parents and students wish to give teachers a token of their thanks, but they're not sure what's appropriate. Some classes decide to give group gifts while others choose gift cards to teaching supply stores, Staples, Target and more. If you're looking for something a bit more personal, here's a round-up of festive gift ideas for teachers.
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There's always a need for storage, especially for all the little things that never seem to have a home. This collection of three houndstooth Sammanhang boxes are just right for keeping everything in its place. $9.99 in IKEA stores and at ikea.com.
Books Turn Muggles Into Wizards Pin
This sweet enamel pin encourages reading, making it a perfect gift for a teacher, $18 at modcloth.com.
Eau Good Duo water bottle
With a leak-proof valve, squeeze and lock charcoal insert, and an infuser guard to keep fruits in place, this Eau Good Duo water bottle is the perfect hydration tool. It's made from BPA- and BPS-free durable Tritan plastic, and comes in seven color schemes. $29.95 at blackblum.com.
Shelter Island Jet Set Candle
If the summers seem shorter than they used to, maybe giving this sea moss, sand, sage and fir balsam-scented Shelter Island Jet Set Candle will help. The 3.5-inch-high soy and paraffin candle burns for about 40 hours, and comes in three other scents. $28 at jonathanadler.com.
Decorative House Box
Sometimes it's nice to have a little reminder there's more to life than work (even when you love your job). This sweet little Decorative House Box from Hearth & Hand with Magnolia is made from solid wood and stands 4.5 inches high. $6.99 at Target stores and target.com.
Every teacher could use a little quiet time. Help your favorite teacher make that point with this oversized coffee mug adorned with a goldtone foil message. $18 at dormify.com.
Solar System Print
The Solar System is more than just planets and the sun. Give the whole thing -- moons and all -- in this compact, 8-inch-square map. Available in silver on white or silver on black, and in larger sizes. $22 at archiespress.com.
Iris Card Case
This minimalist Iris Card Case can lighten a teacher's load. The leather card case, available in two color schemes, has just enough room for a few dollars, license and a credit card, and the colorful construction means it's unlikely to get lost at the bottom of a bag. $24 at select Anthropologie stores and anthropologie.com.
Teacher's need all kinds of tools to solve unexpected problems. The Kelvin17 multi tool features a tape measure, a level, 13 screwdriver bits, a miniature hammer and LED flashlight, all in a compact package. Available in seven colors. $19.99 at kelvintools.com.
All Day Lunch Bag
There's no guarantee that lunch time will come at noon. Make sure lunch is always insulated and at the ready with this All Day Lunch Bag from BUILTNY. The 10-inch-long bag has two zippered side pockets, a grab handle and an adjustable, removable shoulder strap. From $19.99 at online retailers. For more information, visit builtny.com.
Your child's teacher is giving them the world. Give them the world right back with this Pottery Barn Scratch Map. The interactive map lets you scratch off countries you're learning about, or have visited, or for whatever reason you like. $19.50 at potterybarn.com.
Shanghai Garden Social Stationery
This stationery set features 12 assorted cards and envelopes in a matching box. Price: $22 More info: riflepaperco.com
Paddywax Glee Candles
Glee candles, made of soy wax, come in an 8-ounce frosted glass inside a decorative box. Available in six scents, including Balsam & Berries, Cinnamon & Spruce and Vanilla and Myrrh. Price:$20More info: paddywax.com
Kate Spade New York Thermal Initial Mug
Easy to take along, this monogrammed mug can keep drinks hot or cold. Choose from a variety of colors and letters. Price: $18More info: katespade.com.
Vera Bradley Desk Calendar Butterfly Flutter
Each month of the calendar year features a different butterfly with rose gold foil accents and a rotating design. Price: $18 More info: verabradley.com
Tocca Girls: Mini Indulgences Holiday
Indulge in the scent of grapefruit and cucumber with cream for your hands and a candle for your space. Price: $20 More info: tocca.com
The Body Shop Festive Hand Cream Trio
This set of hydrating hand creams features scents such as peppermint, vanilla and cranberry. Price: $15 More info: thebodyshop-usa.com
Verbena Holiday Body Care Ornament
This star ornament will shine among body care products. It contains verbena hand cream gel, body lotion and leaf-shaped soap. Price: $14 More info: usa.loccitane.com
English Soap Co.
Who washes his hands more than a teacher? Now give the best teacher a shea butter, jasmine-scented soap. $8. MORE INFO: soapkings.com
Customize this brass bell with your favorite teachers name, $24.99. MORE INFO: personalizationmall.com
Rocket Moon Clock
Heres the perfect gift for the science teacher in your life -- the battery-operated Rocket Moon Clock would look heavenly in the classroom. $40. MORE INFO: suck.uk.com
Choose your choice of crystals or precious stones and add a charm perfect for teachers, such as an apple (shown), an artist palette or a music note. Each piece of jewelry comes with a sentimental quote. $28. More information: savvy-design.com.
A popped button...spilled lunch...sweat-inducing meetings -- work emergencies can be the unkindest cut, leaving you to suffer through the rest of the day. Pinch Provision's mini toiletry kits have 17 save-the-day essentials like stain remover, breath spray, deodorant packets, double-sided tape and replacement earring backs packed in a cute pouch. $18. More info: at pinchprovisions.com
A Year of Gratitude
Each kit in A Year of Gratitude contains 52 thank you notes to send one each week, plus tips on writing a meaningful letter and a journal to keep track of your thoughts; $30. More info: uncommongoods.com.
Staples Gift Card
Teachers will love a Staples gift card, whether they need supplies for the home or classroom; choose gift card values from $25, $50, $75 or $100 at staples.com